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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Alexander the Great?

Is Shaun Alexander right? Does he just want a 'fair' deal or a 'mega' deal? He wants to stay, play and retire in Seattle. He will not sign the tender for the franchise tag that is on him for the 6 plus million for 2005. I can see where he would want a longer term deal, especially for being a running back and how the majority of them wear out and disappear as they approach the big 3-0. Alexander has the numbers to make a case for big money - he is a TD machine - the only thing that comes to mind with all of this Seattle lovefest talk is the playoffs last year and the QB sneak versus handing Alexander the ball thus winning the game and ensuring him the rushing title - I remember how he reacted. If he is a team player he does not care - I don't think if the roles were reversed that Curtis Martin would have acted that way. So after that incident he was pissed at Mike Holmgren...The same person that he will have to deal with as coach and for making the fair deal. He just wants Seattle to do what is right.

So what is right? For Seattle, that is. Is it wise for Seattle to give Alexander a long term deal and strap their cap for years to come at the RB position? Probably not. Would Seattle like to continue using the services of Mr. Alexander? I think they would. But I remember having Mr. Alexander a few years ago during a Walter Jones hold out and it dawned on me that without a pro-bowl lineman Mr. Alexander fell to the depths of average at best...Once Mr. Jones returned Alexander became the TD machine he is normally. I guess what is fair is that Mr. Alexander should be providing some of the contract $$$ to the prple who open the holes that allow him to run wild. But it is about me and greed and not about what is fair for Seattle - if he wanted to win, he would educate himself on the new salary cap mentality of the NFL and look at teams like the Patriots and Eagles and know that the only way to get to the big prize in your sport is to do it as a team - and the best way to do that is to spread the $$$ around and remain competitive - that is what would be best for Seattle - that is what Seattle wants to do - will they or will they be fair to their one player and let him gobble up a good % of the cap for years to come? Only time will tell. What would happen if Seattle came out and told Shaun - we only want you to accept what is fair, what is right? - wouldn't that be a press nightmare?

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